Support Social Justice, Anti-Racist Teaching
For thirty years, educators have turned to Teaching for Change to help students learn about history beyond the textbook heroes and holidays, rethink the world around them, and see themselves as agents of change.
Educators continue to look to Teaching for Change in this unprecedented moment. They are adapting, and we are too — but we need your support.
The demand for our resources and support increased dramatically when school buildings closed in March, and again after the uprisings against racial injustice. Teaching for Change has provided social justice, anti-racist resources for families and teachers from pre-K – 12. This year we:
- Created a new video series called Freedom Reads to help parents select children’s books through a multicultural, social justice lens
- Added more than one hundred titles and reviews to our Social Justice Books website as traffic to our recommended booklists increased ten-fold
- Adapted lessons on Central America and the Civil Rights Movement for online instruction and shared social justice distance learning stories
- Published a third edition of our book Caribbean Connections: Puerto Rico edited by Marilisa Jiménez García
- With Rethinking Schools for our Zinn Education Project, created a new “People’s Historians Online” series for educators and defending the teaching of people’s history in the face of attacks from the White House and at the state level in Mississippi and Missouri
- Coordinated the second annual Teach Central America Week with participation by teachers across the United States
- In the D.C. metro area:
- created a website to offer public access to Nancy Shia’s photos taken “out my window” for 4o years in Columbia Heights
- hosted the 9th annual D.C. International Filmfest filmmaker visits (virtually) to D.C. classrooms
- facilitated monthly meetings of two teacher curriculum working groups — one for early childhood and one middle/high school
We need your help to continue to meet the increased demand for our teaching resources. Please give today so that we can continue to expand the work described above and:
- Host a virtual curriculum fair and add more lessons, stories, and other resources for teaching during the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action and Year of Purpose
- Publish a new edition of our book for teaching about the role of everyday people in the Civil Rights Movement, Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching
- Expand opportunities for our D.C. area teacher working groups to meet and collaborate virtually
- Promote our Zinn Education Project campaigns to teach about Reconstruction, the struggle for voting rights, climate justice, and the Black freedom struggle
Thank you for your support of social justice, anti-racist teaching.
December 1, 2020